Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2
That final shopping trip to the grocery store before Christmas. It happened today for me. Around noon, I went to the Harris Teeter on East Bay Street. It’s my store of choice
After gathering all but one item on my list – supply chain and all – I stood in line to check out. With a real person. I loathe self-checkout
In front of me were three women chatting in Spanish. They wore painters’ clothes and had splatters of paint on their pants. Each of them held a lunch of some kind. One held a package containing half of a chocolate cake coated with a chocolate buttercream frosting and Christmas colored sprinkles
As they began to pay, the woman holding the cake held up her phone and pointed to it. The woman behind the cash register said, “Oh, we don’t do that kind of payment. It’s cash or card or check.”
The woman holding cake looked at her and motioned for her to refund the cake.
Without any hesitation, I looked at the young woman and said, “Ma’am, I’ll pay for the cake”
The three painters each thanked me in Spanish and English. Two of the three wished me Feliz Navidad and Merry Christmas. The one who originally held the cake looked me dead in the eye, patted my shoulder, and said, “God love you”
They all thanked me again and left the store.
The cashier said, “Thank you, Sir. That’s very kind”
She then began to speak quietly into her communication device hanging just below her neck while I was bagging my groceries
The next thing I knew, the manager of the grocery store was at the young woman’s side.
The manager looked at me and said, “Sir, what you did was lovely. Your groceries are on the Harris Teeter today.”
“But, these are going to cost way more than $5.99!”
Her reply, “Not today, Sir”
At least I waited for the automatic doors to close behind me before I burst into tears